Julia Emma Pabon


Food Service Director, Cherry Cove

"Guided Discoveries has been a great place for me to work.  I do feel that I am making a difference in the lives of kids.  For me as a Director/Chef, there is nothing more gratifying than a kid who comes up to you and says, "Your food is almost as good as my mom's".

Born and raised in Colombia, Julia Pabon earned her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Administration from Universidad Nacional de Bogota, Colombia.
She earned a degree in Food Service Management from American River College in Sacramento, and owned a successful catering business in the midtown area that served institutions, including Sacramento State University, and Sutter, Mercy San Juan and UC Davis medical centers.

Lua began working at Guided Discoveries as the Food Service Director in 2005 and enjoys cooking creative, healthy meals using fresh produce.

As Food Service Director at Cherry Cove, Lua plans balanced menus for the children according to age and dietary restrictions.  She handles all the food purchases, costs and inventory, as well as payroll reports for kitchen employees.

Contact Lua at Julia@cimi.org or 310.651.0071